Mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge recently returned to Ireland from Boston, where she completed graduate studies at the New England Conservatory under Lisa Saffer. Recently, Margaret switched Fach; as a soprano, she was a studio artist with Chautauqua Opera NY in the summer of 2016. Previously, she completed a masters in vocal performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, where she was also a young associate artist with Opera Theatre Company, with whom she performed in concerts and operas on tour across Ireland, and in recital at the National Concert Hall and Dublin Castle. A versatile artist, her repertoire ranges from early baroque through classical and romantic, right up to contemporary music and her roles include Maddalena (Rigoletto, NI Opera – cover) Melanto (The Return of Ulysses, Opera Collective Ireland), Elaine (Later the Same Evening, Opera Memphis), Prince Charmant (Cendrillon, NEC), Agrippina (Agrippina, NEC), Hen/Pasek’s wife (Příhody lišky Bystroušky, NEC), Erisbe (L’Ormindo, RIAM), Pat Nixon (act II cover) (Nixon in China, Wide Open Opera), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, extracts, RIAM), Journalist (Sensational!, RIAM), Cock (The Cunning Little Vixen, RIAM), and Monica (The Medium, Mid-West Opera).
Margaret has a particular interest in contemporary opera and in workshopping new works, most recently Rev. 23 with Cerise Jacobs and Julian Wachner in Boston. In December 2014, she collaborated with composition students at RIAM to produce Interface, a short opera about the difficulties of Skype and long-distance relationships. In July 2015, she travelled to Italy to revive Il Testamento, by Riccardo Riccardi, which premiered at RIAM in March 2014.
Margaret is also at home in oratorio and concert performances, and highlights so far include performing De Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the Ulster Orchestra, Corigliano’s Fern Hill and DiOrio’s All Is with Back Bay chorale Boston, Bach’s Cantata 63 (Dec 2015) and Weihnachtsoratorium (Dec 2014) with the Goethe Institut choir in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Léran Music festival, France, (June 2013). She has also been delighted to perform several times in her alma mater, Trinity College Dublin, with the Dublin University Choral Society, with whom she has sung Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
Margaret is also an avid ensemble singer and has sung regularly with several leading Boston ensembles including the Boston Purcell Society and the Handel and Haydn Society, under the baton of Harry Christophers. She holds a B.A. in Musicology and Theory from Trinity College Dublin. Her studies in Ireland were supported by a Trinity College (non) Foundation Scholarship and her studies in Boston were generously made possible by the Irish Art Council Travel and Training Bursary, the Dublin Council Arts Bursary, and the inaugural Opera Bears Bursary as well as the generosity of private donors.
Margaret is a Studio Artist with Northern Ireland opera for the 2018-19 season and in September was named NI Opera’s Deborah Voigt voice of 2018 at the Festival of Voice in Glenarm, Northern Ireland.